Nature Notes – From the RSPB

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So far summer on Colonsay and Oronsay has been full of sightings both expected and unexpected. We have two new breeding species for the reserve- a pair of sparrowhawks and great skuas. Izzy had a great sighting of two storm petrels off the southern coast while fishing, and a few days ago I spotted a swift flying over our silage fields.
We have managed to do some moth trapping here and were pleasantly surprised to find a small elephant hawkmoth ...

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Sports News – Golf

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In the month of June, an eighteen-strong raiding party left the shores of Cholbhasa, bound for Eileann Ila, writes our Golf Correspondent Scott Weatherstone. Their challenge was to play The Machrie, one of the finest but trickiest golf courses in Scotland; it has a lot more long rough than our course; it’s 1,000 yards longer and has deep bunkers; there isn’t an easy hole in the whole course.  The date chosen? Friday the thirteenth; what could possibly go wrong?

The eleven ...

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Makeover At The Pantry

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There has been a makeover at the Pantry with Gavin gearing up for the season.
First to arrive was the island’s first barrista style coffee machine, , and then a new design of mug to go with it.

Gavin says: “2014 is going to see a lot of changes to the business; I am very proud to have such a unique business on such a small island; I want everyone to appreciate the small space we have and enjoy their experience ...

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Piershed Tales

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The piershed at ferry time is the place to find out what’s going on – sometimes the stories are even true!
*A commercial diver found a very rich scallop bed yards from the island shore at (withheld)* A yacht dragged its anchor and was only stopped half a mile from the pier when it went through a patch of thick kelp*Sports day in July is going to be bigger and better with a Commonwealth Games grant to help*Jim is gearing ...

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Community land ownership survey finds real economic benefit

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Community Land Scotland, the representative body of Scotland’s community land owners has published economic indicators data of community ownership. 
The report demonstrates remarkable results showing that community ownership can out-perform the past private ownership of the land in question.
Among the key results for 12 communities operating in some of Scotland’s most remote areas is:
• Over 300 new or refurbished housing units and house plots delivered 
• Owners direct employment up 368%  to over 100 jobs 
• Business turnover ...

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Scottish Government review on land reform backs more community ownership

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The long awaited final report of the Scottish Government Land Reform Review Group is recommending ways of helping the country’s communities, rural and urban, achieve the First Ministers Target of having 1,000,000 acres of land in community ownership by 2020.

The report is of great interest to the people of Colonsay, already proprietors of land on the island through the Colonsay Community Development Company – with aspirations to purchase more.

The report is short on details as to how this target may ...

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Spring Festival Wakes Up The Island With a Bang

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The annual Colonsay Spring Festival, which finished Mid May – saw large numbers of locals and visitors alike getting up close and personal with the Island flora and fauna, and much more.

Walks, talks and rambles saw a host of experts showing off Colonsay’s Hebridean highlights to appreciative audiences. Many people new to Colonsay expressed amazement at the huge range of plant and animal life waiting to be discovered.

In addition to nature there were classes in baking, cooking, foraging for wild ...

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Heritage trust WW1 exhibition

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An exhibition featuring the stories of the men who left Colonsay to fight in the First World War never to return is underway on the island.

Entitled ‘Colonsay Remembers’ the exhibition featured photographs and biographical details of the dead.

The stories behind the names recorded on the island war memorial in Scalasaig are told in a book by Alan Davis called Colonsay’s Fallen – available in the bookshop.

 

Also on show is the remains of a huge shell believed to have been fired ...

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A Recipe Shared

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Bob and Alison liked this so much they thought they would share it with Corncrake readers.  If you have a recipe you thinks deserves to be shared please email colonsayldohannah@gmail.com
SPRING  LUNCH  for two

 
This is what we had today, 27th May, making use of our new flush of homegrown  salad greens and herbs, and eaten in the garden of course, on such a gorgeous day!

 
Mussels and Chorizo in Garlic Butter
Salad with sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Home-baked ...

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Piershed Tales

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The piershed at ferry time is the place to find out what’s going on – sometimes the stories are even true!

The piershed is the tale – its refurbishment is the most talked about thing on the island – nearly * two weddings have taken place on the island, we believe it was one of the couples first ever visit to Colonsay *a helicopter arrived on the island on Friday morning to collect the ballot box for the European election*Kevin is ...

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Golf News

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The Isle of Colonsay Golf Club would like to announce that, contrary to information imparted in an earlier edition, the Open Championship will now take place on Saturday, 16th August. The Golf Club ceilidh will take place on Saturday, 19th July.

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